Alice Munro…

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  • 10 Oct 2013 at 6:17 am #4144

    Mike
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    She wins the big prize. I am not familiar with her eork. Can anyone tell me how she stands in comparison to McCarthy?


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    10 Oct 2013 at 7:11 am #4147

    Richard L.
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    She is a deserving winner. Her forte is the short story. There is no better concise analysis of her work than in Charles E. May’s insightful new book, I AM YOUR BROTHER.

    You can read some reviews of her work on his blog:

    http://may-on-the-short-story.blogspot.com/search?q=Alice+Munro


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    20 Oct 2013 at 10:11 am #4192

    Markus W.
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    One of my great teachers at St. Olaf, Geoff Hamilton, got us to read two Munro stories “Carried Away” and “Something I’ve been meaning to tell you.” Of the second one, I only remember that it was about the understatedly strained relationship between two sisters, but “Carried Away” was a very good story that stuck with me. As far as I can recollect, it was about a very subtly, tastefully framed small-town World War II love story with lots of letters and the slightest tinges of gothic grotesqueness underneath as the relationship went its course. The stories are well worth reading, finely crafted.

    That being said, this was a course when we read Flannery O’Connor and Joyce Carol Oates, and the course that introduced me to McCarthy with Child of God, all of which made a deeper impression on me.


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    20 Oct 2013 at 11:35 am #4193

    Mike
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    Markus W.,

    Very interesting a good buddy/coworker of mine graduated from St. Olaf in ’01: during the first few years of teaching with him in Bay Area, CA he was one of the few teachers that I engage in level-headed conversation with. After a few year or two he went back to the Northwest. You were reading Flannery and McCarthy in the same course?

    I’ll head up to Moe’s in Berkeley to see what Munro they have on the shelves.

    Mike


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    20 Oct 2013 at 3:58 pm #4195

    Markus W.
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    Mike,

    yes, we actually did. This was one of the very best courses I’ve had the pleasure of taking as a student. The topic was Contemporary Gothic Fiction, so we covered quite a bit of very different materials. Apart from O’Connor, McCarthy, Oates, and Munro, we read us some Robert Louis Stevenson (the obvious starting point), Will Self, and Iain Banks. We watched some fine movies as well.

    That being said, St. Olaf was great overall – as should be expected from a place giving us Nick Caraway and Rose Nylund.

    Markus


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    30 Oct 2013 at 10:17 am #4443

    The Tramp
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    Alice Munro is a great Canadian writer. ‘Despotism of the majority.’ Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville.


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    30 Oct 2013 at 11:28 am #4444

    jVh
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    As anyone with any discernment would know, Alice Munro is Canadian.


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    30 Oct 2013 at 1:48 pm #4449

    Mike
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    Interestingly, I was reading that Brett East Ellis was publicly going after her after she was awarded the prize. I still haven’t been able to get my hands on any of her work… Hopefully sooner than later I’ll get to her short stories.

    I think it may have been a BBC article that labeled her as a “Canadian Faulkner”. This is what got my attention.


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    30 Oct 2013 at 1:50 pm #4450

    The Tramp
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    Read Alice Muro, the formidable Canadian writer. She is not American. ‘Despotism of the majority.’ Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville.


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    30 Oct 2013 at 2:04 pm #4452

    Candy Minx
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    John not only is monro Canadian…, she lives in Victoria… And did you know I painted some rooms in her house?

    She used to own a bookstore in Victoria i
    A really classic place. I occasionally bought books there… Although not too often because my cousin used to have a wonderful magical bookstore in Victoria called Ivys. I would go to visit my aunt and have high tea in huge chairs surrounded by cozy books…while customers Browzed.I credit one of munros books with sort of saving my life. I read it with a class at York and the discussions it inspired and it’s insights were so mind blowing to me as a young person… It was called “who do you think you are”.

    I can’t think of a writer I could be not happier to see than Canadian ( not North American… Who says pretentious shit like that?) but Canadian Alice Munro win such a prize.


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